AFC Rushden & Diamonds Ladies have been featured in the BBC School Report 2013 initiative. Several team members accompanied team manager Leanne Mayes to The Latimer Arts College where they were interviewed by a year 8 student to discuss their ongoing commitment to the Just A Ball Game? initiative – a campaign that is being supported throughout the club at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
That commitment has led to an agreement with the AFC R&D Ladies to carry the Just A Ball Game? logo on their shirts next season (details here), and this was reported during the interview, as well as how two of the Ladies team, Claire Stancliffe and April Malin are in contention for places in the Great Britain Deaf Women’s squad at the forthcoming 22nd Summer Deaflympics, and how they are currently fundraising (see links here and here) to help them with their expenses for the tournament in Sofia in July / August 2013.
The AFC R&D Ladies Team’s decision to link-up with JBG? breaks new and exciting ground, since this unique partnership / initiative between JBG? and the club amounts to it being the first football club in the world to incorporate an anti-homophobia campaign organisation in such a high profile visual way.
For this season the Ladies have carried the Niamh’s Next Step logo on their shirts, and they now face their two most important games in their season, with the NWFL Plate Semi-final on Sunday afternoon at the Dog & Duck (preview here), and then their final league game on Sunday April 21st knowing that a victory in that game will guarantee the NWFL Division 2 League title.
This was the seventh annual BBC School Report News day – when over 1000 schools prepare news reports on a nominated day, and upload them to their school website, with links from the BBC School Report Website. You can see The Latimer Arts College School Report Video here.